Meet the Leaders of Learning for our Raven Learning Community
Our English Teachers
Ms. Shelly LaTerra
Teacher Lead Learner/English Language Arts (ELA)
Mrs. LaTerra is super excited to be a Riverdale Ridge Raven and embark on this new adventure. She can’t wait to guide her students through great literature where they will figuratively travel to faraway places, visit people who have stories to tell, tackle tough issues, find their voices, and take a stand for what they believe.
Mrs. LaTerra was raised in Lakewood, Colorado and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Metropolitan State University. While in college and for several years after, she helped manage a small relocation company, moving families all over the world. In 2002, Mrs. LaTerra changed careers and became a Brighton High School Bulldog where she spent 15 years teaching 9th, 10th, and 12th grade English, Freshmen Seminar, and AVID. During this time she also earned a Master of Education degree. Currently Mrs. LaTerra is teaching 6th grade Language Arts at Stuart Middle School.
Mrs. LaTerra spends her free time in the mountains near Red Feather Lakes hiking, fishing, and ATVing with her husband and 6 year old daughter. She recently started climbing Colorado 14ers and went on her first 27 mile backpacking trip through the Rawah Wilderness. She hopes to instill in her students an adventurous spirit and a love for learning.
Ms. Samantha Conn
Learning Leader for English
Mrs. Conn is extremely excited to fly her way in as a Raven this fall. Currently, she is wrapping up her fourth year of teaching English at BHS along with being a Link Co-Sponsor.
She has lived in the Brighton area for the past 23 years. In 2009, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education followed by her Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction in 2012, both from Colorado Christian University. She is currently pursuing her Leadership Education License at Regis University. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Conn spent 8 1/2 years at FirstBank, 5 years as a full-charge bookkeeper for a local company, and 12 years as a children's director for churches. However, of all her responsibilities, raising her kids has been the most important - and where she's learned the most!
When Mrs. Conn isn't at school, you can find her hanging out with her husband, one of her three grown kids, or her grandson. She also enjoys mentoring a small group of girls from her local church. Her favorite adventure is to head out in any direction. She has a passion for leading and equipping youth along with helping students love learning again.
Mr. Judd Farner
Teacher Lead Learner/Electives
Learning Leader for Drama & English
Judd is currently serving as an English teacher at Brighton High School where he was selected as the 2016 Rookie of the Year.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Colorado State University. During his time at CSU, he led the creation of a student run theatre company that provided additional opportunities for students to produce and perform theatre. After graduating from CSU, Judd became General Manager for the Bas Bleu Theatre Company in Fort Collins, CO. While he worked as GM, Judd also attended the University of Northern Colorado to obtain his Master of Arts in Theatre Education. He was selected as the UNC Outstanding Graduate Student for his class and was invited to speak at graduation.
Judd is focused on arts education advocacy, specifically on preparing emerging artists for the workforce after education. He is also the founder of The New Commedia, a small theatre company that creates original, local-grown productions across the front range.
If he has down-time, you'll find him at the movies.
Ms. Elizabeth Niemerowicz
Learning Leader for EnglishMs. Elizabeth NiemerowiczMs. Niemerowicz is currently in her third year at Adams Youth Services Center as a 27J teacher, where she teaches English Literature and Creative Writing to detained juveniles. A big believer in differentiation, accommodation and teaching to the whole student, she has been heavily influenced by her kiddos there, who range in age from 10 to 17.She is also pursuing her Masters Degree in Educational Foundations, Policy & Practice from CU Boulder with a focus on community-based change to best serve all students' needs in our school, district, and community."Ms. Niemo" - as her students call her - is a transplant from Michigan, and a proud alumna of Michigan State's College of Education. When she's not teaching or in grad school, you can bet she's hiking with her husband, lounging at home with her blind pug & a good book, or jetting back to the Midwest for a quick trip to see family.